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MY BABY SHOWER

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My baby shower was everything I could have dreamed of and more! Ever since getting pregnant, I have looked forward to my baby shower day. There's just something about being surrounded by family and friends supporting and celebrating our little girl that I knew would give me so much joy. 

I might consider myself a slight control freak, so I knew I wanted to be a part of the planning process. I along with  my mom, sister and a few close friends started dreaming up exactly what we wanted the shower to look like. We stumbled upon the most GORGEOUS venue in Concord, NC right outside of Charlotte called Ritchie Hill. Ritchie Hill is a historic home that was renovated to its original charm and now serves as an incredible event venue. I first fell in love with the HUGE wrap around porch and knew it would make the perfect backdrop for my shower. I was a little hesitant that it might be too hot to have everything outside ( hello middle of July in NC), but thanks to Ritchie Hill's amazing fans and natural breeze, we decided to go for it.

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There wasn't a particular theme for the shower, but it ended up having a girly vintage flair. We enlisted Evermore Event Company to help with the table styling. They brought over several of their GORGEOUS (handmade) farmhouse tables and an assortment of beautiful vintage china, linens, gold flatware and rose depression glass. The tables couldn't have looked more beautiful and came out better than I could have imagined. The mother-daughter duo behind Evermore couldn't have been more sweet and have curated such a beautiful collection of vintage rentals.

My mom, best friend Kelly, and I actually did all of the floral arrangements for the shower. We spent a total of $100 at Trader Joe's and got an assortment of gorgeous flowers and greenery. We made a greenery garland for each of the tables and probably put together a total of 15 arrangements. Not to toot my own horn, but I think they turned out pretty good! Just a little money saving tip for you gals that are planning a shower or wedding anytime soon.

My gorgeous and talented sister-in-law did all of the hand lettering (signage, place cards and mirrors) and also created the beautiful floral hoops. She just started accepting custom orders through here Instagram @_warrendesigns_ and would be amazing to contact for your next event. She is seriously one of those people that is good at EVERYTHING, and I know she will be the best Aunt to our little girl.

One of my favorite elements of the whole shower was having the vintage camper and the team from Jade & May Company serve coffee and mocktails to all of the guests! Jade & May Company is a full service mobile bar and quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen. It was so fun to be able to order from the window and the vintage camper provides such a fun atmosphere. The adorable and sweet duo behind Jade & May, Kaci and Renato Barbosa are such great people and were wonderful to work with. If you live in NC and are getting married, you have to hire Jade & May Company for your beverage needs!

For the food, we served a light brunch of various dishes made by family and friends and finished with a few delicious desserts! Cristina, the creative and talented baker behind The Batchmaker made a delectable coffee cheesecake (one of the best desserts I have ever had) and a layered crepe cake. They were both SO good and I'm already dreaming of how I can get her to bring me a cheesecake in Raleigh. You don't need an excuse to order one of her yummy desserts. You can thank me later.

The whole day was captured beautifully by my favorite girl Autumn from Autumn Harrison Photography. You might have seen when she took some maternity photos for us (still obsessed with them). I seriously adore her style of photography and was so thrilled to have her celebrate this special day with me. I can't wait to show my daughter these photos one day!

I cannot thank my family and friends enough for such a wonderful day! It was EVERYTHING I could have ever dreamed of and more for our little girl. She is 100% already spoiled and is going to be surrounded by so many people that love her. Ben and I are truly so blessed!

Venue: Ritchie Hill

Rentals-Farm Tables/ China/ Napkins / Flatware / Candle Sticks: Evermore Event Company

Mobile Bar: Jade & May Company

Hand Lettering & Floral Hoops: Warren Designs

Desserts: The Batchmaker

Photography: Autumn Harrison Photography

Dress: ASOS Maternity

 
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MATERNITY PHOTOS WITH AUTUMN HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

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A few weeks ago Ben and I had the opportunity to shoot with the lovely and talented Autumn Harrison of Autumn Harrison Photography. Let's just say I am completely BLOWN away by the images and will treasure them forever. It's such a special time in our lives, and I am so happy with the way these turned out. 

Autumn is seriously amazing and makes you feel incredibly comfortable. Ben and I both agreed that it was the best experience we have ever had shooting with a photographer. She gave us such great direction and encouraged us the whole time. We picked quite possibly the most humid day of the entire year and were literally dripping sweat the entire time, but she still somehow managed to make us look good.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer/ portrait photographer, she is AMAZING. Autumn is based in Raleigh but loves to travel:)

I am officially in the third trimester and our little girl will be here before we know it!

 
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MATERNITY SWIMSUIT GUIDE

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POLKADOT ONE PIECE: ASOS | PINK FLORAL ONE PIECE: ALBION FIT | BLACK MESH ONE PIECE: ALBION FIT | BLACK STRAW HAT: BRIXTON | STRAW BAG: KAYU DESIGN

I'm no expert when it comes to maternity fashion, but I do feel like I have hit the jackpot with a couple of maternity swimsuits. I was always told that being pregnant in the Summer would be so hard due to the heat and humidity, but I am actually finding it enjoyable thanks to beach days and flowy dresses.

These have been a few of my favorite swimsuits during pregnancy, and you might be shocked to learn that none of them are actaully maternity suits. The key for me has been to find ones that are stretchy (to accommodate the growing belly), but that also flatter your body. I love off-the-shoulder suits because they show off my neckline and collar bone. It sounds kind-of funny, but this just works for me. Of course, I had to also include an all black swimsuit. Black is universally flattering all the time but especially during preganancy.

I have been loving Albion Fit (you guys have seen me talk about them before) for splurge-worth, high quality suits. They come in some adorable patterns and styles and have such incredible fit. I sized up to a Medium from my normal small, but I probably could have even done a large for the growing belly. GET 15% OFF YOUR ALBION FIT PURCHASE WITH CODE MOLLY15.

ASOS has been my go-to for affordable swimsuits. The polkadot suit was one I bought towards the beginning of my pregnancy and has been a tried and true favorite throughout. They have SO many great options and even have super cute actual maternity swimsuits. I recently bought this $35 striped one and am in love.

UNDER $50 MATERNITY SWIMSUITS

 
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ASOS SALE

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DRESS: ASOS (20% OFF) | SHOES: SEYCHELLES (C/O)

Happy Monday, friends! It's a BIG week in the Perdue household for lots of reasons, and I promise I will share all the details with you all on Wednesday. Let's just say it's been a long time coming.

More good news, ASOS is having a huge sale and is offering 20% off of everything! Make sure and use code SUNNYDAYS at checkout for the discount. ASOS has been my go-to for many years but cute and affordable clothing. I love that they carry a great selection of maternity clothes, and I have been buying a lot of what you see me wearing from there. My cute polkadot dress is non maternity and currently on sale for $23! It comes in a bunch of colors and is the perfect lightweight dress to throw on for a hot day.

I have rounded up a few of my favorite pieces from the sale below (maternity and non maternity)! Happy shopping friends, the sale won't last long!

 
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